Miranda & Josh

    Things To Do

Things To Do

We're so excited you're coming into town! Here are some recommendations for site-seeing, dining and shopping.
Battleship North Carolina

Battleship North Carolina

1 Battleship Road Northeast, Wilmington, NC 28401

Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, is the most highly decorated American battleship of World War II. NORTH CAROLINA participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific theater of operations, earning 15 battle stars. Today, this authentically restored Battleship preserves our proud Naval history and serves as her state’s World War II memorial to the 11,000+ North Carolinians who sacrificed their all for their country.

The Cotton Exchange

The Cotton Exchange

321 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Located in the heart of the downtown, The Cotton Exchange offers a unique shopping experience that reflects the rich history of the Port City. Visitors will find themselves on cobblestone walkways in open-air courtyards as they travel through our eight-building complex made up of 30 specialty shops and restaurants.

Wilmington Riverwalk

Wilmington Riverwalk

Wilmington Downtown Riverwalk, Wilmington, NC 28401

The Riverwalk in Downtown Wilmington is a showstopper of a stroll that is a distinctive attraction all its own. The Riverwalk encompasses a full mile of scenic boardwalk, hugging the borders of the riverfront, and providing visitors with endless views and easy access to some of the Downtown's most beloved attractions. Great views and plenty of waterfront restaurants! Hotel Ballast is located right on the Riverwalk.

Cape Fear Riverboats

101 South Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Take a riverboat cruise! Their offers include narrated history and sightseeing tours, private charters, and exclusive nature tours with local ecologist Andy Wood.

Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Wrightsville is the closest beach to the venue and hotels. There are restaurants and bars along the main drag. Tower7 for tacos and margaritas, Trolly Stop for hot dogs, Robert's for great chicken salad and beach picnic supplies! Head down to the South End to watch surfers and dine on a pier over the water at Oceanic.

Airlie Gardens

Airlie Gardens

300 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403

Explore 67 acres containing formal gardens, wildlife, ten acres of lakes, more than 75,000 azaleas, the tall Airlie Oak which dates back to 1545, and a seasonal butterfly house all located two miles west of Wrightsville Beach. Walk the trails or ride a tram to discover landscapes where something is always in bloom.

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449

Fun for the whole family! Go see Luna, the albino American alligator.

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

1000 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449

18 miles south of Wilmington, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is the only park in the system that allows four-wheel-drive beach access, making it popular for surf fishing. Warm weather months bring loggerhead sea turtles to nest along the park's sandy shores. A trail traverses the salt marsh and ends at an observation deck with views of Zeke's Island and the Cape Fear River. The marsh, brimming with wildlife, provides plenty of watching opportunities for birders and photographers year-round. Plus, Miranda worked here in college!

Dixie Grill

116 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

The Dixie Grill has been a longtime Wilmington staple. In a Gatsby-esque era with flappers and jazz, The Dixie Grill first opened it’s doors. Since, it’s transformed into a favorite local hot spot with unique, delicious Southern dishes. Locals and visitors alike flock to Dixie for it’s relaxed atmosphere, southern hospitality, and of course, great food. Get a stack of sweet potato pancakes for the table--you'll thank us later!

Britts Donuts

11 Carolina Beach Avenue North, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Classic glazed donuts at a hole in the wall on the boardwalk in Carolina Beach that's been open since 1939. Cash only and the line is worth the wait! Stop there on your way to or from the aquarium and Fort Fisher.

The Basics

319 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Creative spins on traditional Southern cuisine served in a homey, brick-walled bistro setting.

Front Street Brewery

9 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Microbrewery offering house beers & upgraded pub grub, plus daily tours of the brewery. Snag a table outside if you can.

The George on the Riverwalk

128 South Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Savor delicious Southern Coastal Cuisine right on the Riverwalk. Their outdoor dining area gives an unparalleled view of the Battleship .

Little Dipper Fondue

138 South Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Bluewater Grill

4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Seafood and steaks on the intracoastal waterway.

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